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Doctor Wins Fight Against Disclosure of Disciplinary Board Info

Oct. 22, 2021, 4:06 PM

Iowa’s medical licensing board will have to take down website entries containing “investigative information” about a physician because state law forbids the disclosure, the state’s top court said Friday.

The law unambiguously says information gathered by the Iowa Board of Medicine during an investigation into a doctor’s alleged misconduct shall be “privileged and confidential,” shielded from discovery, and inadmissible in civil and administrative proceedings, the Iowa Supreme Court said.

The board doesn’t have the authority to decide what information is privileged and confidential, and state-law open government provisions don’t otherwise compel release of the information, the unanimous court said in ...

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